Cooking Under the Tuscan Sun
November 3-8, 2010
Cortona is one of Tuscany’s prettiest villages. Set atop a hill, with olive groves and
vineyards all around, the town overlooks Lake Trasimeno and the gentle hills of
Southern Tuscany. Just outside of the village is La Corte dei Papi, a charming Italian
manor home dating back to the 8th century. Once a family estate, the home is now a
country relais, completely restored with elegant guestrooms, a swimming pool and
restaurant. Here Chef Fabio Ferrera leads hands-on cooking lessons in Tuscan
cuisine. Fabio is a young and creative chef who received his training in a number of
top Italian restaurants including Il Pelicano and Il Convivio. You will also visit nearby
towns such as Assisi, Montepulciano and of course, Cortona.
Day One – Independent arrival at La Corte dei Papi, located just outside of Cortona.
After settling in to your room, enjoy a welcome dinner prepared by your chef and
Day Two - Morning cooking lesson with Fabio in the restaurant kitchen. Some of the
dishes you may prepare include Gnochetti di Patate Verde al Pomodorino Fresco e
Basilico (green potato gnocchi with fresh tomatoes and basil), filetto d’orata al gratin
di Patate (Dory fish with potato gratin), and Semifreddo alle Nocciole con Cioccolato
Fondente (ice cream cake with dark chocolate and nuts). Afterwards enjoy a lunch
accompanied by wine from the estate. Afternoon guided visit of Cortona, considered
one of the oldest towns in Italy.
Day Three - Morning cooking lesson with Fabio, followed by lunch. Today’s menu
might include seafood risotto, tenderloin with black truffles and porcini mushrooms, and
cannoli with ricotta in a chocolate sauce. Afternoon and evening on your own.
Day Four - Morning visit to a nearby winery to taste some wonderful local wines and
cheeses. You will lunch in a local restaurant. Return to La Corte dei Papi for an
afternoon cooking lesson followed by dinner.
Day Five - The entire day will be spent discovering some of the villages in Umbria.
First you’ll visit Assisi, home to St. Francis and the famous Basilica di San Francesco.
After lunch, you’ll stop at the Lungarotti estate with its famous vineyards. Your tour
ends in the town of Deruta, known since the 16th century for its ceramics. The town is
still full of ceramic shops where you can find pieces that are handcrafted locally.
Evening on your own.
Day Six - This morning visit the Etruscan hill towns of Montepulciano and Pienza.
Montepulciano is situated high on a hilltop and is famous for its brunello wine. Pienza
was transformed in the 15th century into a model Renaissance town by architects of
Pope Pius II and served as a model for later architects including Michelangelo. It is also
known for its pienzino or sheep’s-milk cheese. Return to La Corte dei Papi for your
final cooking lesson, followed by a farewell candlelit dinner.
Day Seven – Independent morning departure.
PRICE PER PERSON: $3600 - Based on double occupancy - Single Supplement $650
INCLUDED IN THE TOUR: Six nights accommodations, four cooking lessons followed
by lunch or dinner, four guided excursions including lunch at famous restaurants,
breakfast daily, taxes and service fees.
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